A specialist RSPCA rescue team has been in Wraysbury, Berkshire this week to offer help and assistance to the stricken town.
Not only have our officers been busy rescuing animals – including two adult Sheepdog-type dogs and their six puppies as well as a number of horses – we have also provided support to residents left stranded by the flood water.
Rosie Russon, from our water rescue team, said:
“We took the decision to deploy to the town yesterday, after receiving reports that there were people in need.
“The team have been going door to door offering help and advice – from pet owners concerned about how to protect their animals to elderly people who needed assistance evacuating their homes to a place of safety.
“It is thanks to the generosity of the public that the RSPCA exists and is able to carry out our vital work, so it is wonderful to be able to give support to people as well as animals during this difficult time,” she added.
Flood related calls
We have taken over 1,500 flood related calls since the beginning of the year. We have provided advice, support and monitoring to over 5,500 animals across England and Wales.
Our specialist water rescue team have rescued more than 200 animals over this period.
These are just the recorded incidents but many more will have been rescued as our specialist trained flood teams go about their work in conjunction with other animal charities and the emergency services.
RSPCA national flood rescue co-ordinator Jason Finch, who has been carrying out flood rescues across the country, said:
“At times like these it is amazing to see all the authorities and charities pulling together to help those in need.
“The RSPCA has been happy to assist where possible and will continue to do so for as long as we are needed.”
How you can help
To help the RSPCA carry out this vital water rescue work please text HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).